The series revolves around the journey of 12-year-old Aang, the current Avatar and last survivor of his nation, the Air Nomads, along with his mates Sokka, Katara, and later Toph, as they aim to end the Fire Nation’s war against the other nations of the world. It also portrays the story of Zuko—the exiled prince of the Fire Nation, in the process to regain his lost dignity by capturing Aang, along with his wise uncle Iroh—and later, that of his ambitious sister Azula.
In Season 1, Aang reveals his friendship with a Fire Nation citizen named Kuzon. A suspense arises as to who that might be.
Avatar: The Last Airbender, was the episode where Aang and Zuko switched from foes to friends in Season 3. That friendship became more feasible when it was disclosed that Roku (Aang’s Avatar predecessor) had a close friendship with Zuko’s great-grandfather, Fire Lord Sozin. However, the answer to how is Aang related to Zuko may actually bring a deeper twist into the story.
In the Season 1 episode, “The Blue Spirit,” Aang describes a mysterious Fire Nation friend named Kuzon that he was with before he got frozen in ice for a century. Aang says that they used to enter into trouble together. Aang uses the story to ask Zuko if they would’ve been such mates had they met back then. Unlike another of Aang’s old friends, Kuzon never comes in The Last Airbender.
The Last Airbender Theory Solves The Mystery Of Aang’s Fire Nation Friend
There is now a new intricate thesis that gives some clues regarding Kuzon’s true identity. It could be a gamechanger for Avatar: The Last Airbender if it turns out to be true.
Reddit user Obversa gives a theory that Aang’s childhood friend is none other than Zuko’s grandfather and Fire Lord Ozai’s father, Prince Azulon. Do mark that the makers of The Last Airbender once proclaimed Azulon was 95-years-old when he died and was born at the same time the Fire Nation attacked the Air Nomads. Therefore, it’s clear he couldn’t have befriended Aang as a child, but Avatar has arranged it’s timelines before to match its story, so the theory still remains intact.
Kuzon Might Be Actually Azulon:
Along with that, there is even more evidence to state that this mysterious Kuzon is actually Azulon.
The theorist observes that Aang had formerly befriended Bumi, an Earth Kingdom prince. In Season 2, Aang reunited with Bumi, who became King of Omashu. Bumi also became a part of the Order of the White Lotus with Iroh, the former heir of Fire Lord Ozai. The theory basically gives an idea that since Aang was friends with high-ranking and royal members of the Earth Kingdom. Hence, it completely looks apt he’d also connect with a high-ranking firebender like the prince of the Fire Nation.
Avatar: The Last Airbender in past, has showcased the Avatar’s friendships and connections with the Fire Nation. Obviously, Sozin and Avatar Roku had a friendly bond before Sozin decided to announce war. When thinking about a potential friendship with Zuko, Aang particularly references Kuzon.
We are aware that Zuko’s uncle Iroh was the first one to have succession of the throne. Moreover, Azulon didn’t react well to Ozai’s trials to discourage his brother. Probably, Aang understood that Zuko was similar to Azulon and Iroh and may have tried sorting things with Zuko earlier.
The thesis provides numerous details to support the claim, which is honestly quite convincing. The only major stumbling block here is that Kuzon and Azulon have different names (plus the whole timeline thing). Yet, the apparent answer here is that Aang is keeping this detail a secret from Zuko, who he doesn’t trust at that point in The Last Airbender.
The Inverse Analysis
There may be many hidden mysteries that Avatar: The Last Airbender showed and never explained. For instance, it’s totally possible that Aang didn’t mention Kuzon’s familial terms with Zuko. He already knew that he was in a risky state with the then-angry prince. Lastly, Zuko’s reply to potentially faking a friendship with Aang was to scream and attack him with firebending.
Considering that we have much less knowledge about Kuzon, the fact that he’s particularly brought up with Zuko could dive deeper than some random reference. It’s either that obvious or we’re overthinking about it. In any way, the theory that Aang’s friendship with Zuko’s ancestor facilitated a bond between him and Zuko is a thought to wonder on!
We won’t dig any more deeper into it. So, let us leave it here, unless Avatar: The Last Airbender comes to solve this mystery for us.